Leaving Some Behind

The Wall Street Journal has an guest editorial today from a teacher of special education who says that Common Core Testing is leaving her students behind. Apparently they are required to be testing according to age and not according to reading level. Therefore, the tests do not show improvement or lack thereof, and serve only to demoralize, frustrate, and humiliate the children who are by definition having trouble if they are in her class.

I remember when parents of Learning Disabled students sued the State of Texas to be exempted from the TAKS test — and lost.

You know, from one point of view measurement is a good thing. But it has to be smart. Anybody remember valid and reliable?  Oh, sorry, that wasn’t in the curriculum until Introductory Sociology — and there is no more funding for that.

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